The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) became international law in 1976. As we all know, they are the cornerstones of the United Nations human rights system.

Periodically, in several areas of the world, official and private reviews are organized to check whether these two fundamental documents are complied with. Freedom of religion or belief is one important area where the two Covenants are often violated. In several countries, new religious and spiritual movements labeled as “cults” or “extremist organizations” are systematically discriminated.

The Two Human Rights Covenants and Freedom of Religion

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